Cloud Based iOS Apps
In the recent years, “the Cloud” has surfaced as a top league ubiquitous IT buzzword. Something that is supposed to make our lives better, and even change the way we interact with computers. The previous statements are certainly true, but not everyone quite understands just what the Cloud is.
In simple terms, the Cloud represents the transition of computing to a service rather than a product.
This means that in the future buying computing hardware may become an obsolete concept. You’ll instead purchase subscriptions to super-computers that you can access remotely from inexpensive terminals.
At the moment, the most widespread implementations of the Cloud are still limited to remote storage spaces and similar uses. But even though it’s only a pale demonstration of the real power of the Cloud, these apps can be tremendously useful. You can get your work done from anywhere, anytime, even if you don’t have your own computer or mobile device at hand. Let’s see some of the most popular cloud-based apps that you should start using right away – for the sake of your own productivity.
This is Apple’s suite of Cloud-based office solutions for the modern digital warrior. It allows creating elegant documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly from the Cloud. One of its strongest points is the streamlined user interface that makes it as usable in the small screen of an iPhone as in an iMac. Since it’s a Cloud based app, the main idea is allowing you to work anywhere, anytime… and it really delivers on that promise. If you get in the habit of uploading your WIP documents, you won’t have to worry about keeping work files updated and synchronized, since you can reach them anytime though the Cloud (provided you have an Internet connection available, of course).
Evernote is one of the earliest note taking apps, and it remains the most popular. With it, you can easily jot down notes, organize text snippets, photos, videos and anything else you need. All this information gets easily organized and catalogued for future reference, and of course – it’s easy to share and accessible from all kinds of platforms that support Evernote. If you’ve not adopted the habit of using this tool, you’re doing yourself a disservice; there is simply no easier way to compile notes and organize information for future reference.
Meet the granddaddy of remote file storage. There are many such apps currently available, but for many Dropbox is still the best. The Basic service (which is free) entitles you to 2 Gb of storage space, that can be expanded up to 5 Gb by inviting your friends over to the service. Paid subscriptions are also available that provide hundreds of Gb of storage space. Using Dropbox, it’s very easy to share files with anyone – even large files. You can install this app in your mobile devices and computer, which allows synchronizing the data in your Dropbox folders to make sure it will always be available in a device even at times when you cannot access the Internet. Since security is one of the key points of this service, you can upload even sensitive information, knowing it will be just as safe there as in your computer – or even more so.
To help you keep track of your photography and home video collections, Flickr is possibly one of the best options available. With the advent of its app, it’s now easier than ever to keep your photos synchronized across your many devices, and making sure you never accidentally delete a photo. There’s even the option of automatically uploading photos to the service so you won’t ever forget to do it; this could be a great way to free storage space in your iPhone while simultaneously keeping your photo collections backed up and available on-line (privately or publicly, as you choose). Since each Flickr account includes a whopping 1000 GB of space, you’ll really have to work your camera app to ever run out of space.
Safe in Cloud
Here’s one of the leading password managers on the market, now available for your iPhone as well. With this app, you can store all your passwords and even credit card data in a secure environment that uses advanced encryption systems. While keeping this data on the cloud may not sound like such a great idea at first thought, it’s actually much safer than just using auto-login or typing the same old password across many websites – a common practice that can lead to many headaches if any of those websites’ security is compromised.